Photo: First American selfie was taken in Pa. in 1839


the_first_selfie_Robert_CorneliusRobert Cornelius of Philadelphia captured his own image in 1839, in the first selfie.

He used a┬ácumbersome camera. It wasn’t until the Kodak came out in 1888 that the snapshot was born.

“A game even emerged called ‘snapshooting,’ a sort of photographic version of tag: You tried to escape while someone raced around trying to catch you on film, Clive Thompson writes.

Read more about how snapshots changed the way we see the world here.

This Just In looked at why smiles are so rare in the oldest photos here.